Bayern Munich once held talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claims Uli Hoeness … but honorary president reveals move failed due to Swedish striker’s ‘divine’ wage demands
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe
- However, the 39-year-old has never played for a side in the Bundesliga
- Honorary President of Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness, has said they once held talks
- But the Swedish international’s exorbitant salary demands saw it collapse
Bayern Munich had previously been interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but his ‘divine’ wage demands saw the move fail, according to Uli Hoeness.
Ibrahimovic, 39, has played for some of the biggest clubs in Spain, Italy, France and England, but never played in the Bundesliga in his 21-year professional career.
However, Honorary President Hoeness has revealed that the Bundesliga champions were once interested in the former Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United, but the move ultimately failed.
Bayern Munich was interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left), but his ‘divine’ wage demands saw a move, according to Uli Hoeness (right)
Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Man United and PSG
But in a conversation with RTL as part of the outlet’s coverage of Germany’s 3-0 2022 World Cup qualifying victory over Iceland on Thursday, Hoeness revealed that the move was canceled due to the striker’s exorbitant wage demands.
“He’s a great player, but his demands were also divine,” said Hoeness. “We were interested once, but didn’t even get to the main course.”
Speaking in 2017, Bjorn Andersson, a youth team coach at the German club between 1995 and 2009, revealed that the Bundesliga giants had a chance to sign the Swede in 2001.
Ibrahimovic’s then club, Malmö FF, however, wanted too much money for the player, and he instead went to Eredivisie side Ajax for a fee of £ 5 million.
Bayern was interested in a young Ibrahimovic when he played for Malmö
‘We were in contact with [former sports director of Malmo FF] Hasse Borg, ”Andersson said to the Swedish football website Fotbollskanalen
But Bayern said no, because it was too much money for a youth player.
It was the right decision. Bayern has won more titles than Ajax and Juventus. That ultimately counts. They haven’t done anything wrong.
‘The move to the Netherlands was also correct for Zlatan. Who knows if the German mentality would have suited him at all. ‘
Ibrahimovic went to Eredivisie side Ajax from Malmö for £ 5 million that year
Playing for PSG in 2013, Ibrahimovic hailed Bayern as one of the top five clubs in the world and at the same time opened the door for a move to the Allianz Arena.
“Of course the Bundesliga could attract me,” the Swedish international told 11Freunde.
‘If I ever play in Germany, it would be Bayern Munich. For me this is one of the five biggest clubs in the world.
“I’ve lived in five countries; Sweden, Holland, Italy, Spain and now France, and learned about the people and cultures. It shaped me. ‘